Grief Counseling available as Trumbull High deals with death of student

With the Trumbull High community still reeling from the loss of Abigail Anderson, the school had a delayed opening Monday and counseling services are still available.

“The entire THS faculty will meet at 7:00 a.m. Monday morning to best prepare us to meet the needs of our students,” Principal Marc Guarino said in a message Sunday. “The THS Guidance Department has resources available on the THS Guidance website connected to THS website.”

On Saturday, the Board of Education sent out a message about the death of sophomore Abby Anderson, and provided counseling services on Sunday. Those services will also be available to students today, as early as 8 a.m. Parents of students who are unable to take their final exam should contact the House Office.

No official word has been given on the cause of death.

"To everyone in our class and at THS please do not fight your battles alone," A Tweet from @THSClass2016 read. "There is so much love and support around you, we care for you."

Students were also asked to wear purple or turquoise in memory of Abby. Students also made a banner that read "We love you Abby" for students to sign during school.

A vigil is planned for Wednesday, at 8:30 p.m. on the Trumbull High turf, according to the sophomore class. Participants are asked to bring flashlights instead of candles.

Abby's family called her a 'ray of sunshine' as well as a dedicated varsity cheerleader, who loved spending time with her friends. (see obituary here.)

“We understand that our students need the love and support of their friends, family, and schoolmates. If your student is unable to take his/her scheduled exam, please contact your appropriate house office,” Guarino said. “It is important that we meet with our students who are struggling to balance their academic requirements at this time. We will work with students and their families to assure that we are meeting their individual needs.”

The Senior Math and Underclass Period 1 final exams will begin at 9:15 a.m. Underclass period 2 exams will begin at 11:10 a.m, a notice from the schools said. Additional information will be sent to the high school staff and families."

The Mary J. Sherlach counseling center is also offering help.

“The Town of Trumbull Mary J. Sherlach Counseling Center is available for individual and family grief counseling in response to the recent loss of Abigail Anderson,” Guarino said. “The Counseling Center is open 12 months a year and appointments can be made by calling 203-261-5110 or 203-452-5193. All services are confidential. Fees for grief services related to our community's recent losswill be waived.”

Trumbull High School dismissal time will be at 12:50 p.m.

All other schools will be on their regular full day schedule.